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Metals A Summer Session 4

Metals Summer Session 4
July 4-15, 2021
Richard Elaver
Making a Spectacle

This workshop is all about making eyewear—also known as jewelry for the face. We’ll explore a variety of materials—traditional buffalo horn to colored plastics, titanium to silver—with a focus on the design and construction of wearable frames. Along the way we’ll experiment with a range of studio techniques, including hinge construction, soldering, riveting, and integrating digital processes—specifically, using computer-aided-design (CAD) tools to create layouts for frames. We’ll cover the technical aspects of eyewear so students can construct frames capable of holding prescription lenses. Intermediate level: basic sawing, filing, and soldering skills required. Upper metals studio.

Associate professor of industrial design at Appalachian State University (NC); exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), International Contemporary Furniture Fair (NYC), Cranbrook Museum of Art (MI), Metal Museum (TN).

four pairs of handmade spectacles
Richard Elaver, "Buffalo Horn Frames," buffalo horn, white gold, brass, approximately 
6 x 6 inches each